Category: Ants TV

It’s alright on the McKnight as Pete gets Ants season off to a flier

A Pete McKnight goal 6 minutes from time saw the Ants get their competitive season off to a great start with a 1-0 victory away to a well organised Greenock side. The match itself was far from a classic with chances at a premium however this was more to do with good defending than any lack of invention from either side. Greenock’s number 9 had the best two chances from a ‘Nock point of view when he first headed over when he had time to control the ball, and then when he raced clear in on Sean Patrick’s goal, however just as he was about to take aim Darren Taylor appeared from nowhere to get a great tackle in. The Ants for their part had chances for Ball, McKnight and McLaughlin but all failed to really test the keeper.

The Ants took the lead in the 86th minute when Bain ran down the right wing, his cross caught both the keeper and his defender waiting on the other dealing with it and running in at the back to tap home was Ants striker Peter McKnight to open his competitive Ants account and with it give them all 3 points.

Ants Website Man of the Match –

Greenock Juniors

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Ralph Gamba 12 Defender
3Jack McIlvaney Defender
4Ronnie Nicholson Defender
5Shaun Gallacher 15 Midfielder
6Kris Littler Defender
7John Ball Forward
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder
9Peter McKnight Forward 86'
10Anton Conway Midfielder
11Darren Taylor Midfielder
12Richie Bain 2 Midfielder 86'
14Mark McIlvaney 15 Midfielder
15Chris MacDonald 14 Midfielder
16Craig Wilson Forward
18Owen McCallum Goalkeeper
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Last Gasp Gamba seals 3 points for 10 man Ants.

A Ralph Gamba strike in the 90th minute gave the Ants all three points in the match-up between second and third in the league, an outcome that seemed unlikely when Ashfield equalised with four minutes to go against the 10 men of the Ants who had seen Chris McLaughlin sent off for a second booking.

The Ants made a couple of changes to the side that saw off Annbank with Tony Curran coming in for his second start of the season at the expense of Sean Patrick and Michael Milarvie took the place of Ross McDougall who got injured in the warm up, himself having being brought into the side to replace David Donnelly.

The first half finished goalless with Ashfield having the better of the chances and a strong claim for a penalty waived away but it was the Ants who started the second period the brighter and they took the lead in the 66th minute. CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN beat Moulangou to the ball in a 50-50 and then ran towards the Ashfield goal before unleashing a dipping shot which flew past Catterson from fully 30 yards and nestled into the right hand corner of the net.

Ashfield took advantage of McLaughlin’s red card in the 86th minute when a throw in eventually found it’s way to JOSH BOYD at the end of the Ants box and his deflected shot found the back of the net. Earlier in the season the Ants had beaten Ashfield with a winner in the 5th minute of injury time when Anton Conway fired in from a throw in and lightening was to strike again however this time it was RALPH GAMBA who was the hero for the Ants. Andy Scanlan found Brian Henderson from a quick throw in and he put in a cross from the byline which found Gamba a yard out and he fired the ball into the net to send the Ants fans wild.

A fine win which showed the fighting spirit of the team and they will hopefully extend their winning streak to three in a row when Carluke come to town next week.

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Tony Curran Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Anthony Dempsey Defender 50'
14Michael Milarvie 15 Defender
5James Ross Defender
6Anton Conway Defender
7Ralph Gamba Defender 90'
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 66'
9Chris Gordon 16 Forward 78'
10Grant Kelly 12 Forward
11Mark McManus Midfielder
12Brian Henderson 10 Forward 90'
15Andy Scanlan 14 Defender
16Ronnie McDonald 9 Defender
4Ross McDougall Defender
21Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
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Girvan awaits as McLaughlin double seals Ants win

A Chris McLaughlin double along with a James Ross strike gave the Ants a fine 3-1 win in the first round of the New Coin Holdings West of Scotland cup. A big thank you to all at M & T Pipeline for sponsoring today’s match. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The Ants took the lead in the 26th minute with a fine move, Dempsey intercepted a pass and found McLaughlin, he passed to Gordon who flicked it back in a one-two with McLaughlin sending the return ball out wide to Kelly, with the outside of the boot he weighted a perfect pass through to CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN who had continued his run and gave Fisher in the Annbank goal no chance with a shot across the keeper and into the corner.

The Ants doubled their lead in the 48th minute. Crawford’s pass found Henderson who had came on at half time to replace the injured Gordon, he passed back to CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN who advanced forward a couple of yards before unleashing a powerful drive from 20 yards which flew past Fisher and into the net. Annbank reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute when Patrick was adjudged to have impeded DILLAN DUNN after the striker had headed wide, Annbank’s top scorer dusted himself down to send Patrick the wrong way and give his team a lifeline.

The joy was short lived though as the Ants regained their two goal advantage when Annbank could only partially clear a corner, the ball dropped to Grant Kelly who tried a volley but didn’t connect right with the ball, he did however manage to find JAMES ROSS with the scuff and the big centre half lashed the ball into the net.

A fine 3-1 victory for the Ants against an impressive Annbank side who played some lovely football of their own at times and a trip to Girvan in the second round, the date of which is yet to be confirmed.

Ants Website Man of the Match – A lot of good performances but CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN shades it with his double.

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper 70'
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Anthony Dempsey Defender
4David Donnelly 12 Defender
5James Ross Defender
6Anton Conway Defender
7Ralph Gamba Defender 80'
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 26', 48'
9Chris Gordon 14 Forward
10Grant Kelly 16 Forward 26', 75'
11Mark McManus Midfielder
12Ross McDougall 4 Defender
14Brian Henderson 9 Forward 46'
15Michael Milarvie Defender
16Jonathan Stephen 10 Forward
17Andy Scanlan Defender
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Ants in Denny delight as Dunipace defeated

The Ants have always traditionally struggled at Westfield Park, however a Chris Gordon double after Graeme Crawford opened the scoring meant that they left Denny with all three points and stayed at the top of the Division 2 pile for another week.

The Ants opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, Chris Gordon broke free and ran at the ‘Pace defence who backed off, before an attempted tackle saw the ball head towards the byline, but credit to the Ants top scorer he showed great desire to reach the ball before it went out and crossed to find GRAEME CRAWFORD at the back post who gave Robertson no chance with a fine volley from six yards. The Ants didn’t waste much time in adding to their tally when in the 31st minute they went 2-0 in front. A McLaughlin corner found Boyle at the back post and the debutants shot was turned into the net by CHRIS GORDON much to the delight of the visiting Ants fans and committee.

Right on the stroke of half time they dealt the home side what proved to be a fatal blow when Robertson failed to deal with a McLaughlin free kick, Donnelly knocked it to the back post where Boyle picked it up and his cross was knocked into the goal by CHRIS GORDON for his second and the Ants third of the match.

The second half saw the Ants play on the break for the most part protecting their three goal advantage however you could have forgiven the Ants fans for getting a little nervy when CALLUM HEEPS reduced the deficit to two goals when he fired past Patrick from just outside the box. The Ants defended well though and Patrick remained relatively untested for the remainder of the half for the Ants to run out 3-1 winners.

Ants Website Man of the Match – ANTHONY DEMPSEY

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Ralph Gamba Defender
3Anthony Dempsey 16 Defender 53'
4David Donnelly Defender
5James Ross Defender
6Anton Conway Defender
7Graeme Crawford Defender 26'
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder
9Chris Gordon Forward 31', 45'
10Brian Henderson 15 Forward
11Mark McManus Midfielder
12Ross McDougall Defender
14Michael Milarvie 15 Defender 85'
15Jamie Boyle 14
16Andy Scanlan 3 Defender
18Tony Curran Goalkeeper
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Ants march on as Carluke conquered

The Ants made it four games unbeaten in the league yesterday at the John Cumming stadium with a fine 3-1 vAntictory against Carluke. JONNY STEPHEN opened the scoring after 7 minutes before IAN WATT equalised for the home side, but CHRIS GORDON put the Ants back in front after 28 minutes then sealed the points from the spot after 84 minutes.

Ants Website Man of the Match – Anthony Dempsey

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Anthony Dempsey Defender 28'
4David Donnelly Defender
5Ross McDougall Defender
6Anton Conway Defender 7'
7Ralph Gamba 15 Defender
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder
9Jonathan Stephen 14 Forward 7'
10Chris Gordon Forward 21', 84'
11Kieran Donaghy 17 Midfielder
12Maxi Neossi Midfielder
14Andy Scanlan 9 Defender
15Michael Milarvie 7 Defender
16Adam Dougan Defender
17Michael Archer 11
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